Dicamba, a herbicide designed for use with Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops, has come under scrutiny for harming crops in other fields which are not resistant to the weed killer.
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What is Dicamba?
Dicamba is a herbicide that selectively kills broad-leafed weeds (as opposed to grass family plants). It is commonly used together with other herbicides such as glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Dicamba is currently used in approximately 1,100 herbicide products, according to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).
Spraying dicamba is problematic as the herbicide is known to drift from fields and damage surrounding crops. Monsanto sold its dicamba-resistant seed prior to approval of the weed killer, and farmers in Arkansas have been using dicamba to kill pesticide-resistant pigweed (Palmer amaranth) this growing season.
Arkansas Plant Board Approves Dicamba Ban
As a result of these problems, Arkansas has seen a record number of complaints of dicamba drift-damaged crops. The Arkansas Plant Board voted in June 2017 for a ban on using Dicamba outside of pastureland, pending the governor’s signature.
Dicamba is moderately toxic by ingestion, inhalation or dermal exposure, according to the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University. Signs and symptoms of dicamba poisoning include:
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Muscle weakness
- Slowed heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Central nervous system effects (victim may become excited or depressed)
- Benzoic acid in the urine
- Cyanosis (bluing of the skin and gums)
- Exhaustion following repeated muscle spasms
Inhaling dicamba can cause:
- Irritation of the linings of the nasal passages
- Lung damage
- Loss of voice
Dicamba is also extremely irritating and corrosive, and can cause permanent damage to the eyes. The eyelids may swell and the cornea may be cloudy for a week after dicamba is splashed into the eyes. The chemical may also cause severe burns.
Dicamba Vs. Glyphosate
Dicamba is considered to be even more toxic than glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, which has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
Has a Dicamba Class Action Been Filed?
At least 2 class action lawsuits have been filed over crop damage alleged from off-label dicamba use. In February 2017, a class action was filed in Missouri federal court on behalf of farmers in 10 states who claim their crops were damaged by dicamba drift. A similar complaint was filed in June 2017 by farmers in Arkansas who allege that dicamba-based herbicides caused damage to their properties. Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages for damage to crops, fruits and trees that weren’t dicamba-resistant.
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Do I Have a Dicamba Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is investigating injury reports associated with the use of Dicamba herbicide. If you or a loved one was injured, you should contact our law firm immediately.